BOSTON, Mass.—Nakira Examond recorded 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Little East Conference leaders UMass Dartmouth past UMass Boston women's basketball 68-53 Wednesday night at Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.
UMass Dartmouth 68, UMass Boston 53
(UMass Boston 19-3, Little East 9-2)
(UMass Dartmouth 19-3, Little East 11-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a matchup of the top two teams in the Little East Conference standings, the Corsairs used big edges in points off turnovers and points in the paint to earn the season-sweep of the Beacons.
The Corsairs grabbed a 21-4 advantage in points off turnovers and outscored the Beacons 42-18 in the paint.
UMass Boston struggled offensively against the Corsairs for a second-straight game. Freshman Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) and Shania Osborne (Fairfield, Conn.) paced the Beacons with 11 points apiece. Grassi added eight rebounds and two blocks, while Osborne pulled down seven boards and had two blocks.
Alicia Kutil finished second on the Corsairs with 18 points, four rebounds and three blocks. Ashley Brown filled up the stat sheet for UMass Dartmouth with nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Wednesday night's contest started off extremely competitive, with the two teams trading leads throughout the first seven minutes. Examond gave the visitors the lead for good with a lay-up with 2:37 left in the quarter and a late Kailyn Milligan floater in the lane made it 21-17 after one quarter.
Raven Kelsey (Boston, Mass.) cut the deficit to one with a 3-pointer three minutes into the second quarter, but that's as close as the Beacons would get. UMass Dartmouth answered with an 8-2 run to grab a 31-24 advantage with 4:17 left in the second.
UMass Dartmouth put the pedal to the medal in the third quarter and pushed their lead out to 12 within the first minutes. After an early Osborne basket, the Corsairs went on a 7-0 run, behind three baskets down low from Examond.
The Beacons managed to cut the deficit back to seven on a Dixon 3-pointer, but a 6-0 flurry from the Corsairs gave the visitors their largest lead of the game after three quarters (54-41).
The two sides would trade baskets to start the fourth, before both teams went ice cold. With UMass Dartmouth leading 61-46, neither squad scored for nearly four minutes.
Geanna Williams (Cromwell, Conn.) finally broke the scoring drought but it was too little, too late for the Beacons.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, UMass Dartmouth earned their sixth-straight win over the Beacons and improved to 52-26 all-time against UMass Boston.
- The Beacons fell to 9-1 at home this year, with the loss.
- Williams led the Beacons with 10 rebounds. It marked the second time in her collegiate career that she had pulled down double-digit rebounds.
- UMass Boston shot their worst field goal percentage of the season at home this year and third worst overall. After shooting 27.7 percent at UMass Dartmouth on January 17, the Beacons shot 31.7 percent.
- The Corsairs have outscored UMass Boston in all eight quarters this year.
- UMass Dartmouth was ranked sixth in this week's NCAA Division III Regional Poll.
UMass Boston will look to set the program record for most wins (20) and conference wins (10) in a single-season on Saturday. The Beacons host Plymouth State University on Saturday at 1 p.m.